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Ready for some sunshine and extraordinary cuisine? Don’t think twice. Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Kaupulehu, the first and only Forbes Five-Star resort on Hawaii Island, announces RSA – Regional, Seasonal, Artisanal, an epicurean celebration of sustainable cuisine and the grand opening of the Resort’s new oceanfront fish and seafood restaurant ‘ULU Ocean Grill + Sushi Lounge.

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The series of culinary events, to be held at the Resort November 14-17, 2012, includes a variety of cooking classes, culinary experiences and spectacular dinners hosted by Executive Chef James Babian. ‘ULU presents a dining experience that is a direct reflection of Chef Babian’s credo of “regional, seasonal, artisanal.” Resort-wide, 75 percent of the food served is from Hawaii Island, made possible by the strong relationships and cooperation Chef has with more than 160 farmers and fishermen on the Island.

“As one of our three annual signature epicurean events, RSA gives our guests the opportunity to experience exciting culinary events with great food and wine, but also the opportunity to interact with our chefs, great winemakers and special friends,” says Robert Whitfield, regional vice president and general manager of Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. “RSA is particularly special this year as it marks the grand opening of ‘ULU Ocean Grill + Sushi Lounge.”

The line-up of events (schedule subject to change) is as follows:

Wednesday, November 14

  • 3rd Annual Farmers Symposium & Lunch – Executive Chef James Babian hosts local farmers and fishermen from Hawaii Island to discuss, share and network about ideas, challenges, advancements and opportunities in continuing efforts to make Hawaii Island cuisine more sustainable.
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Along with Executive Chef James Babian, you’ll also meet Director of Food and Beverage Sebastian Hinsch, Executive Sous Chef Nick Mastracusa, Beach Tree Sous Chef Angela Kenyon and Manager of Beach Tree Restaurant, Chuck Wilson. These are an accomplished and passionate group of culinary enthusiasts!

Thursday, November 15

  • NELHA Tour & Beachside Picnic – Executive Chef James Babian and Executive Sous Chef Nick Mastrascusa host a trip to NELHA seafood farms. Guests will enjoy a private tour of the various seafood farms and enjoy a beachside picnic lunch.
  • Farm to Table Reception & Dinner – Guests will be treated to a spectacular evening of dining on 100 percent sustainable Hawaii Island-raised seafood from NELHA, along with wine pairings. The evening begins with hors d’oeuvres and wine alongside the beach, before the seating on the oceanfront lanai of ‘ULU. Chef James Babian presents his entirely locally-sourced four-course menu alongside local farmers and fishermen.

Friday, November 16

  • Wine Tasting & Craft Cocktail Making – Guests will join Master Sommelier Chuck Furuya and Master Mixologist Chandra Lucariello of Southern Wine & Spirits for an interactive tasting of some of ‘ULU’s boutique wines, and making of ‘ULU’s signature craft cocktails.

     

  • Winemaker Dinner – Guests will be treated to a spectacular evening of dining and wine pairings from Weingut Selbach Oster and Talley Vineyards at ‘ULU. The evening begins with hors d’ouevres and wine alongside the beach, before the seating on the oceanfront lanai. Winemakers Johannes Selbach and Brian Talley co- host the evening, which features five wines alongside Chef James Babian’s locally-sourced five-course menu.

Saturday, November 17

  • Cooking Class – Guests will join ‘ULU’s Chef de Cuisine for a cooking class, recreating one of ‘ULU’s signature dishes.
  • ‘ULU Grand Opening Party – Guests will explore the tastes and flavours of ‘ULU at this grand opening party, in which multiple action stations showcase signature dishes, while craft cocktails are shaken or stirred and boutique wines are poured. Guests will select from the a la carte menu while enjoying complimentary tastings through the evening.

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There’s nothing quite like the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai if you like being pampered. Whether it’s lounging by the many pools or the extraordinary service extended to guests by everyone at the hotel from arrival to departure, this is a place to capture a piece of paradise.
Come join me. I know I’ll be there!
– The Gourmet Review

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